Our very own Lakewood United Church of Christ is now an official Creation Justice Church under the Minister for Environmental Justice Office of the UCC! Congratulations to all of us for the time and effort required to reach this milestone. After a two-year six-step process, approval of our Creation Justice covenant statement on November 11, 2018, and submission of a detailed form requesting Creation Justice church status on January 18, 2019, we received word of our new status from the Rev. Brooks Berndt, Minister for Environmental Justice for UCC on February 12, 2019.
We will soon receive a banner with the logo seen above and are asked to take a group photo with it to publish in the UCC online newsletter, the Pollinator. Stay tuned for more details, including deciding on a prominent place in our church to display our new banner!
The UCC’s Creation Justice Church program works to help local churches better care for our interconnected world, all living creatures, and every economically or racially marginalized community that suffers from environmental harm (http://www.ucc.org/pollinator, , 2/1/2019). So as we discern our higher calling to care for creation and seek justice for the oppressed, our work has really just begun. Let us we move forward together to fulfill our covenant and make a positive difference in our church, community, and world.
Thanks to everyone and the congregation as a whole for supporting this achievement!